Jess Settles, BTN Basketball Analyst, February 23, 2015

It's Monday, and that means it's time to release my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

With just two weeks left in the regular season, who lands on my top 10?

See below.


1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. These are the weeks that Big Frank looked forward to when he came back for his senior season. The Big Ten's best player will need to display his entire arsenal at Maryland and at home against Michigan State, as the Badgers look to wrap up a Big Ten title, make their case for a one seed in the NCAA tournament, and showcase their star to all of the Player of the Year voters.
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Last week: 1

2. D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The first-team all American candidate has struggled from the field the last three games, shooting 34 percent. Still, he has averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and five assists during the brief "slump."
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Last week: 2

3. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell had a couple of strong all-around efforts in Indiana's 1-1 week. Yes, he missed the late shot in the team's second loss in three weeks to Purdue, but he finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. At Rutgers, Ferrell went for 17, 6, 6. Best of all: Ferrell committed just two turnovers in 68 minutes.
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Last week: 3

4. Branden Dawson, Michigan State. Dawson was dominant at both ends of the floor in a blowout win at Michigan. The Wolverines couldn't handle Dawson's video game-like performance (23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists). He added 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks at Illinois for the surging Spartans.
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Last week: 5

5. A.J. Hammons, Purdue. Hammons' stock continues to rise. He scored 20 big points, including the game-clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining, and swatted four shots in Purdue's road win at rival Indiana.
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Last week: 7

6. D.J. Newbill, Penn State. The Big Ten's leading scorer was at his best vs. Wisconsin, scoring 29 points, and at his worst at Northwestern, going for a season-low three points. Newbill hadn't scored fewer than 11 points all season before the dud against the Wildcats.
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Last week: 4

7. Aaron White, Iowa. Iowa needed a bounceback week, and White did his part en route to shooting 61 percent and averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in laughers vs. Rutgers and at Nebraska. In the latter game, the star senior went for a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds).
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Last week: 8

8. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. Dekker scored a career-high 22 points at Penn State, but struggled against Minnesota (1-of-8 from the field). He needs double-double type numbers this week against Maryland and Michigan State if the Badgers are going to sweep the hungry second-place teams.
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Last week: 6

9. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Trimble is getting his second wind after hitting the freshman wall, averaging 21 points the last four games. The Terps are set up for a prime-time showdown with first-place Wisconsin on Tuesday night. If he can match his 26-point, 6-rebound performance vs. Nebraska, the game should be a classic.
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Last week: 10

10. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine has been good in all phases of the game, yet inconsistent. There's no denying his all-around performances the last few weeks. He is ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, 3-pointers made and assists/TO in conference play.
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Last week: NR